New Vanderbilt Medical Laboratories Expand Capabilities and Patient Benefits

A new Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) clinical laboratory facility is open for business following a relocation to a 110,000-square-foot facility in Nashville's MetroCenter neighborhood. The new lab is located about five miles from VUMC’s main Nashville campus.

The new laboratory more than doubles the space of VUMC’s prior laboratory and expands the workspace of more than 350 laboratory personnel.

At this facility more than 550 tests can now be performed under one roof. Services are focused on outpatient and specialized testing, including histology, cytology, hematopathology, molecular diagnostics, infectious diseases, and genomic testing, as well as expansion of testing services to external clients.

Along with the move to MetroCenter, approximately 13,000 square feet of clinical laboratory space at the Medical Center’s main campus will be renovated and instrumentation upgraded for improved efficiencies. The capability to run more than 130 tests will remain on campus to support inpatient care, surgeries and the adult and pediatric emergency departments.

“With the opening of our MetroCenter core laboratory and the insourcing of laboratory tests, we are well-positioned to expand our extramural practice growth and reach our goal of becoming the preferred laboratory provider in the Southeast region,” said Victoria Laughman, Vice President for Business Development for Laboratory Services. “It also allows us to serve our ambulatory practices and regional hospitals better and helps grow their practices, while meeting the needs of local community providers.”

Learn more about the new facilities in this VUMC Reporter article by Jill Clendening.


A fully automated system transports samples throughout the Core Laboratory space, sorting and delivering them to stations for analysis. VUMC is the first working laboratory location in the United States where a vertical lift component of the system has been installed. (photo by Susan Urmy)